About the Startup
Describe your product in 3 words.
Handheld 3D Creation
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
In Spring 2012 our 3D printer had almost completed a 14-hour print when it missed a line, leaving an unplanned gap in the print. A small error had ruined hours of work, and we were going to have to start again. Then inspiration hit: “what if we just took the head of the printer off and filled in the gap?” A day later the 3Doodler was born. The first 3Doodler was a clumsy-looking, hand-assembled, device; a collection of gears, a heater unit, and the printer-head of our now dismantled 3D printer. The words “3Doodler” were etched onto its side in green and red in felt tip pen. The 3Doodler Create is the third generation of this product, and it just keeps getting better and better!
What makes your product special?
The 3Doodler Create is the latest version of the world's best selling 3D Printing Pen. It's a highly versatile tool with an amazing breadth of applications, including fine art, hobby, DIY, decorate & fix-it projects. The versatility of the 3Doodler Create also extends to the huge array of plastics - 65+ colors, in a range of Matte, Glossy, Glow, FLEXY, Metallic, and Sparkle! Unlike any other device on the market, you can also supercharge your Doodling with the 3Doodler Create accessories, which include a JetPack, for portable Doodling, and the Nozzle Set, which allows you to choose from one of six different nozzle shapes and sizes.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part has been building a vibrant and creative community! Starting with our first Kickstarter campaign, we have always put community front and centre. Hundreds of thousands of units later, it's thrilling to see what users have been doing with the 3Doodler, and how they have shared with and inspired each other (and us!). Their creations are all over social media sites and on our website, and extend from craft and design, through to innovative hacks and fixes, and into a never ending array of educational uses. With 3Doodler Create, our best pen yet, we hope to see even more amazing uses and creations!